Boris Johnson is cornered and angry with barely three weeks left to Brexit – so who else to hit out at but the EU? Allies of the Prime Minister have made shock-tactic claims that he could “sabotage” the workings of the EU if he’s forced to delay Brexit. Today’s Sunday Telegraph reveals they have discussed appointing a renegade Commissioner to the Brussels – or even scuppering its long-term Budget. One Cabinet minister told the newspaper: “We need to ramp it up. We need to be more aggressive.” But critics claim the threats are more style than substance – and are actually about projecting a hardman image to Tory voters ahead of an election. So what are the facts behind what’s been suggested today? We looked at the EU’s rules to find out – and called on Prof Anand Menon, director of the “non-partisan and impartial” UK in a Changing Europe think tank, for a little advice. A rogue Commissioner The most eyebrow-raising claim is that Britain could appoint a renegade Commissioner to the EU to make life difficult. And some have backed giving the role to Nigel Farage. Self-described Tory ‘Brexit hardman’ MP Steve Baker compared it to the film… Read full this story
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